During a meeting with Republicans, presumptive nominee Donald Trump made a fool of himself by not knowing who in his party is up for reelection.
Trying to best Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) in retaliation for Flake’s refusal to support him yet, Trump sneered that Flake would lose his reelection. To which Flake responded by informing the Republican that he is not up for reelection this year.
Sean Sullivan and Philip Rucker at the Washington Post reported based on “two Republican officials with direct knowledge of the exchanges”:
Trump said at the meeting that he has yet to attack Flake hard but threatened to begin doing so. Flake stood up to Trump by urging him to stop attacking Mexicans. Trump predicted that Flake would lose his reelection, at which point Flake informed Trump that he was not on the ballot this year, the sources said.
According to the officials, Trump also called Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) a loser for not supporting him and claimed he would carry the state of Illinois and called out Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), who has also not supported Trump.
Trump tried to be a blowhard and instead tripped on his own ego and lack of basic knowledge when he revealed that he didn’t even know which of his party’s Senators would be on the ballot with him this year.
This is some grade A humiliation here. Or, as Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort said in a statement to the Post, it was “positive and productive.”
Donald Trump is managing to make Karl Rove look like a charmer when it comes to bullying his own party members with the finesse of a rather ignorant hit man.
The determined march forward to the Republican convention continues.
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